Telling change: the importance of literature and film in the climate crisis

  • 7.00–8.30 PM
  • 03 June 2023
  • Piazza Palmieri

A conversation between Paolo Giordano and Nicola Lagioia starting with “Tasmania.”
Readings by Caterina Valente.
In collaboration with Lucy. Sulla cultura

Tasmania (Einaudi) is a novel about the future: what we fear and desire, what we will not have, what we can change, what we are building. The fear and surprise of losing control is the feeling of our time, and no one else can tell it like Paolo Giordano, who was Strega Prize and Campiello Opera Prima Prize with La solitudine dei numeri primi and has published several other successful novels. Tasmania is the story of a crisis, that of an attentive and vibrant young man who thought science would provide him with all the answers but finds himself faced with a wall of questions. But it is also the crisis of a couple, of a generation, of the world we know, and of our planet. And a climate crisis, and a Rome where it has not rained for three years, are at the center of the film “Drought” by Paolo Virzì, for which Paolo Giordano, is screenwriter.


Paolo Giordano’s bio

Paolo Giordano was born in Turin in 1982. He has a doctorate in physics and is the author of four novels: La solitudine dei numeri primi (Mondadori 2008, Premio Strega and Premio Campiello Opera Prima), Il corpo umano (Mondadori 2012), Il nero e l’argento (Einaudi 2014 and 2017) and Divorare il cielo (Einaudi 2018 and 2019). For Einaudi he also published Nel contagio (2020) and Le cose che non voglio dimenticare (2021). He has written for the theater (Galois and Fine pena: now) and collaborates with “Corriere della Sera.”


Nicola Lagioia’s bio

Nicola Lagioia was born in Bari in 1973. From 2017 to 2023 he directed the Turin International Book Fair. He directs the multimedia culture magazine Lucy. He is among the authors and hosts of Pagina 3, the cultural press review of Radio Rai 3. He was first a selector and then a juror at the Venice International Film Festival. He has worked for several publishing houses. With minimum fax he published “Tre sistemi per sbarazzarsi di Tolstoj” (2001), and with Einaudi “Occidente per principianti” (2004), “Riportando tutto a casa” (2009. Premio Viareggio-Rèpaci, Premio Vittorini, Premio Volponi), “La ferocia” (2014. Premio Strega, Premio Mondello) and “La città dei vivi” (2020, Premio Alessandro Leogrande, Premio Bottari Lattes, Premio Napoli). For Chora Media he is the author of the podcast “The City of the Living.” He writes in several newspapers, including the dailies “La Repubblica” and “La Stampa.” His books are translated in 20 countries.